The ISS hit a peak of 80 degrees last night, almost directly overhead, and I captured a very clear shot. Then I took some good pictures of Saturn, also brightly visible last night, and made a composite of the ringed planet and the ISS for the second photo posted here. The ISS travels at 18KContinue reading “International Space Station and Saturn Over Paradise”
The lightshow was magnificent this morning! The smoke clouds from the Dixie Fire have a different density than water clouds, and when they mix it is beautiful. Happy Saturday, and please enjoy these three examples of nature’s transient wonder:
The fire keeps going, though it hasn’t been a threat to us for awhile. Mornings are smoky and afternoons clear, with the towering presence of the fire always evident to the north. Here are two shots, the pyrocumulus cloud from yesterday evening, and a red sun this morning. Happy Friday everyone!
The wind shifted to the north last night for 12 hours and pushed a lot of smoke back at us. It is clearing again though it was smoky early morning. Please enjoy these four snaps:
The Dixie Fire effects are no longer felt here, just west of Paradise. We have had steady winds to clear any haze, and about an hour ago we had a light rain – unheard of in July! Please enjoy these six pictures, beginning with a beautiful full moon from last night:
The Dixie Fire front has moved to our north and east and is at higher elevations, so we have layers of clouds and smoke in the sky, with the sunlight producing unique effects. This looks like another planet. Air quality at ground level is good here, with an AQI of 44 (compared to scores sometimesContinue reading “Dixie Fire Morning Sun – Smoke, Shadow, and Light”
There are high smoke clouds today from the Dixie Fire, though clear air on the ground, making for a cooler summer day. The clouds and sun can interact in beautiful ways. Here are four favorites of mine. Please enjoy!
All glory to His Holiness Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, Guru Dev today! Here are two photos, one of the full moon last night, and one of the full orange sun as it rose this morning. From fullness to fullness. Please enjoy!
We received an evacuation warning this afternoon from the Butte County Sheriff, due to a 15 acre fire about a mile away, in the next canyon over to the east. It was moving fast in our direction, so they brought in an air tanker and helos to dump retardant and stop the spread. Success! AllContinue reading “Fire Season in Paradise – A Close Fire Today”
Fortunately the Dixie Fire has grown away from us, with a steady southern breeze to ensure it. I cannot see any evidence of the fire this morning to the east, though there continues to be a thick band of smoke to the northwest. I also can’t fly my drone for at least a month asContinue reading “Nature Remains Calm During the Dixie Fire”
[July 19, 2021] The fire has moved far east of us tonight – no smoky air – calm, with a southern breeze here. Coyotes were howling in the canyon last night. Tankers are flying overhead now, refueling at Firebase Chico, and then back into it. Downtown Paradise can be seen lower right of the fireContinue reading “Dixie Fire Night Panorama Northeast of Paradise”
It is both smoky and clear tonight. The Dixie Fire has grown to nearly 20K acres, though the southern wind has kept the smoke away from us. Here are three pictures of the sky tonight. The red light in the second and third pictures is from the fire:
Nance Pond can be clearly seen from the back fence now – All the burnt brush from the 2018 Camp Fire, including most of the snags except for the tallest ones, has been pushed down and broken up, for fire safety and erosion prevention. As I was moving up on a jackrabbit inside the fenceContinue reading “Nance Pond Today, July 17, 2021”
Some haze this morning and a smoke smell. The Dixie Fire continues to grow, nearly 10K acres now, but away from us, up into the high country. As the day goes on we should again have a consistent wind from the southeast to blow the smoke away. Here are six pictures from yesterday, including anContinue reading “Summer Fire Season in Paradise 2021”
Cooler today and normal temps for this time – 74/23 now, rising to 96/35 later. The Dixie Fire is smudging the sky near the horizon and I may have smelled a whiff of smoke, though it is really not an issue. Here are four pictures, showing the smoke smudge today looking west, a few ofContinue reading “Mid-Summer in Paradise”
A particularly clear crescent moon at dusk tonight. Enjoy!
A much calmer time this year, though we have our first sizable fire in the county now, The Dixie Fire. Started yesterday at 60, then 500, now 1,200 acres. Burning in a wilderness area with low population. The wind is blowing from the SSE here, perfect to keep the fire and smoke out of Paradise.Continue reading “Our Fire Season 2021”
Please enjoy this picture of a moon ring (taken late last fall):
Cooler today and clear. Thankfully the smoke from the fires up north is heading away from us. There are no fires in our county. Please enjoy this picture, and even Monday!
With the heat the fruit is coming in quickly. I took in about 100 white peaches yesterday, and 12 lbs/5.4 kg of red grapes today. We will eat some and juice some, and the birds get the rest. All our fruit is organic, grown in volcanic soil, and gets plenty of sun. Please enjoy theseContinue reading “Harvesting Grapes Today”
Last night was a very clear night for sky photos. Enjoy these five pictures, and please look left on the last one to see a faint meteor trail. The International Space Station swings by this Monday night at 10:22, at a height of 65 degrees, for seven minutes. I’ll have my camera ready for thatContinue reading “Saturday’s Sunset and The Milky Way”
This hawk was above the canyon two days ago, nearly translucent from the strength of the sun. Not even the buzzards are flying this morning. It is 93 degrees now (10 AM) and forecast to hit 112 today, and tomorrow. I am very tolerant of hot weather, and found out my body temperature is consistentlyContinue reading “A Red Tail Hawk Hunting In the Heat”
Mostly deer and quail were seen on the Nance Pond gamecam this month, with one nightshot of two raccoons. The quail are growing a large bevy, now numbering twenty birds. See if you can count them all in the third photo below – it isn’t easy! We are at 108/42 today, going to 112/44 overContinue reading “Animals Get Some Relief From The Heat At Nance Pond”
This is the first time I have seen a pair of these owls together here. What a magical sight. It was dusk, about 8 PM, and the male showed up first. Soon after I took the pictures, both soared silently down the canyon to hunt. Here are my best five photos. Enjoy!
We sit under many flight paths here. Please enjoy these five pictures of airplane contrails and the last, a time exposure of local night flights:
No fireworks up here during fire season, though watching from the gazebo last night the Milky Way was bright and Saturn too. Please enjoy these four photos:
The Sutter Buttes (elevation 2,000 ft/610 m) rising from California’s Central Valley, are the world’s smallest complete mountain range. Formed from an erupted volcano, the Sutter Buttes were considered the creation spirit for the local indigenous people. We decided to take a trip today to see how close we could get by dead reckoning. HereContinue reading “The Sutter Buttes on US Independence Day 2021”
Yesterday afternoon I saw this scrub jay with a huge peanut in its beak. I am finding this is not uncommon behavior, and have seen other birds too, flying about with an abundance of worms or insects in their beaks before feeding. As if to advertise their hunting prowess. Here are two pictures of theContinue reading “Showing Off the Prize”
I swear the butterfly was posing for me! Please enjoy these five pictures:
We had a rare late June rainstorm last week. Quite gentle, without lightning. Here are seven pictures of the developing storm, the rain, and huge skies. Please enjoy!
Please enjoy this recent picture of a full moon, rising:
The animals around Nance Pond are more abundant and varied this year than last, continuing to repopulate after the fire. Here are 14 photos, including deer, fox, wild turkeys, skunk, a woodpecker, and others. Please enjoy!
It is an endless treasure to have a vast sky often painted with active clouds, light, color, and contrast. Here are five examples from yesterday evening. Please enjoy!
My favorite season, hands-down. I enjoy the stillness and the heat, the long days and quick cooler nights. Here is a picture of the dawn today. Enjoy!
I took several 30s time exposures last night of distant high-altitude jets. Their light patterns look like ladders to me when seen up close. Earlier, our first CalFire spotter plane of the season flew overhead. Please enjoy these four pics!
I first saw the eagle, recognizing the feathers, and then the falcon, a much smaller bird. Both looking for breakfast. Please enjoy these four pictures from this morning, the first two of the eagle and the next two of the falcon:
Today I was taking pictures of the bullfrogs sunning at Nance Pond. Then I noticed something at the far end of the pond, a Western Pond turtle. I had not seen one here before. These turtles are California’s only native freshwater turtle species. They are now endangered, with an estimated 25% of the population left.Continue reading “A New Discovery – A Western Pond Turtle in Nance Pond”
A colorful and dramatic sky two days ago, during a rare rainstorm in June. Please enjoy these six pictures of that evening in Paradise:
Recent visitors include deer, red-winged blackbirds, foxes, turkeys, jack rabbits and hawks. Please enjoy these ten photos of our wilderness paradise in the Sierra-Nevada foothills:
These little creatures are so active. Here are photos from the back meadow cam showing this one jumping about. Please enjoy these five photos, and your Saturday!
Especially in hot weather, Nance Pond remains a popular place for the animals. As a child I was always pestering my parents to visit whatever zoo was nearby. Now the animals are steps away. Please enjoy these recent eight pictures of deer and foxes near the pond:
Now that Spring is fully underway, many animals are plentiful and active near the canyon, especially the deer. Here are nine recent pictures from the cams. Happy Sunday and please enjoy!
The Sun comes up so early these days, and the Moon and Jupiter are close by. Today I was able to photograph a fifth moon of Jupiter, something that I haven’t seen before. Please enjoy these two pictures from 0500 this morning!
Here are six photos taken during the waxing, full, and waning moon these last four nights, including dawn today. Please enjoy!
Happy Tuesday! Here is a small collection of recent beauty borrowed from nature – Four photographs. Please enjoy!
We had a cloudburst which is very unusual this time of year. Here are five of my favorites from the evening. Please enjoy!
I always take my camera with me down to the pond. Here are seven favorites from yesterday. Please enjoy!
My gamecam captured the first daytime picture of a gray fox I have seen, going for a drink at Nance Pond on May 20th. It is rare for them to venture out during the day. Enjoy!
This sequence of four photos is from yesterday morning, from the gamecam in the side yard. This young buck is around the property often. Enjoy!
At least two large weather systems are converging over our area, making for an endless show. Here are eight favorites of mine. The first four are from last evening, and the second four are from this morning. Enjoy!
A small flock has moved into the pond perimeter this Spring. Here are three of my favorite pictures from today. Enjoy!
From my gamecams this morning. The deer are coming close to the house now. Here are three pictures. Enjoy!
Here is a striking personification of natural curiosity and focus by a turkey vulture, as it spotted me, and came over for a visit while I was down at the pond yesterday. The wingspan of these birds is about six feet, or just under two meters. Since coming to Paradise I have felt a kinshipContinue reading “Turkey Vulture at Nance Pond”
The moon is growing full now and a thirty second time-exposure at night makes it look like daytime. Enjoy!
Here are nine recent photos from the Nikon P950. There are three cloudscapes to begin with, then the Spotted Towhee, a large sparrow, hunting in the brush, followed by a jet contrail headed northeast and correcting due north, and a close-up of the plane creating it (a Southwest airlines’ Boeing 737) above 20,000 feet. AContinue reading “Sky Pictures and a Spotted Towhee”
The Sandhill cranes are migrating, and came over yesterday. Please enjoy these four images of the recent skies of Paradise.
I took the first three photos just after midnight today, and the fourth one this evening about 9:30 (Nikon P950). I have long been enthralled by the bright moonlight here – so otherworldly. Please enjoy!
Here are six pictures from the last few days and nights, all taken with the Nikon P950 – Please enjoy!
It began snowing last night, wet and heavy. I took some pictures, including one of the dawn yesterday and another of the approaching storm in the afternoon. The wind was very strong last night and we have also “warmed up” by a few degrees, so heavy rain is falling now. We are just on theContinue reading “Snow in Paradise (A Pictorial)”
These sunrise light shows only average about ten minutes in length, so if it looks good at a glance, I grab the Nikon and head outside. Please enjoy!
Watching the sunrise this morning, the light, colors, and clouds varied constantly, offering all a spectrum of dawn moments to awaken to. Here are my five favorites:
Enjoying this quiet time for rest and rejuvenation. The sky is beautiful and always changing now during early winter. This morning the setting full moon was a special treat before daybreak. Here are five favorites from yesterday and today. Please enjoy! 🙂
My Nikon P900 was well-worn after five years of heavy use, and it was time for a replacement. Thankfully this year Nikon came out with the P950. It is a little heavier but the balance is better, and the performance in terms of speed and resolution is excellent. Same 83x optical zoom, and with aContinue reading “Four Views of Nance Pond Today”
Beautiful fleeting colors lit the sky this afternoon, including a rainbow and even a glimpse of the early moon. Here are my six favorite photos from the show. Please enjoy! 🙂
We are just starting to get rain in Northern California, more clouds and wind. Here are nine recent pictures, mostly of the sky. Please enjoy! 🙂
The smoke has died away and we have clean healthy air, though we remain in a severe fire warning condition. The nearby fire is 95 percent contained, however if the wind comes up there is still plenty of fuel left to burn inside the perimeter. The wind has been lighter than forecast, but a proactiveContinue reading “Upper Nance Canyon – A Pictorial”
All of our evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted in Butte County, and the nearby North Complex West Zone fire is about 90 percent contained (not out, though no longer growing). The skies are much clearer and we have even had the windows open all day – haven’t been able to do that sinceContinue reading “Near Sunset in Paradise – October 8th, 2020”
Images accumulate over time in my Nikon as the year advances. Here are a favorite eight showing us moving into Fall, as the weather cools and the current crop of fires wane slightly. Enjoy! 🙂